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Chandrika Parmar

Associate Professor, General Management

Director, Department of Corporate Citizenship (DoCC)

Chandrika Parmar holds a Ph.D. from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK, with specialisation in Management Research. She is an enthusiastic educator with a deep interest in research areas specific to social sciences. She has 30 years of overall experience, wherein she has been engaged with leading academic institutions and research organisations in leadership roles.

She has spearheaded a wide range of research projects, including research design, investigation, administration, and compliance. Her notable intellectual contributions cover topics such as partition violence, agricultural biotechnology, and disaster studies, including book chapter publications that captured discussions and debates on the biotechnology landscape in India.

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Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Ph.D., 2013
Focus:  Management Research
Title: The Pluriverse of Disasters: Knowledge, Mediation and Citizenship

Panjab University

MPhil, 1991
Major: Political Science

Panjab University 

MA, 1989
Major: Political Science

Panjab University 

BA (Hons), 1987
Major: Political Science


    Disaster Studies, Sociology of Violence; Environmental Values; Democracy and social movements, Science Technology and Society; Sociology of knowledge; Futures


    Visvanathan, S., & Parmar, C. (2023). Science and the COVID Epidemic in India. Social Research: An International Quarterly 90(1), 33-51. http://doi.org/10.1353/sor.2023.0001

    Visvanathan, S., & Parmar, C. (2022). Beyond the Post Normal. Contributions to Indian Sociology, 56(3), 299–311. https://doi.org/10.1177/00699667221148629

    Parmar, C. and Visvanathan, S. (2022). The Gadgil Report on the Western Ghats Reading Ecology, Reinventing Democracy. Sameeksha Trust. Economic and Political Weekly. https://www.epw.in/journal/2022/36/commentary/reading-ecology-reinventing-democracy.html

    Link to Google Scholar


    Parmar, C. (2021). PRME Chapter India: Fragments from the journey. In Responsible Management Education (pp. 153-168). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003186311

    Visvanathan, S., Parmar, C. (2011). The Biotechnology Story: Debates from India. Environment, Technology and Development: Critical and Subversive Essays Rohan D’Souza. Orient Longman.

    Visvanathan, S. Parmar, C. (2005) Life, life world and life chances: vulnerability and survival in Indian constitutional law. (In Law and Globalization from Below: Towards a Cosmopolitan Legality Boaventura de Sousa Santos and César A. Rodríguez Garavito (Ed) Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.


    Driving 2030 Agenda through Impact Research: Driving 2030 Agenda: Research for Societal and Business Sustainability, Virtual Colloquium Goa Institute of Management, Nov 18 – 20, 2021.

    Fireside chat on sustainability in UN Global Compact, Leaders’ Summit, June 17, 2021 (Eastern Hemisphere, Virtual) (with Cheryl Khor; Melanie Lechte, Foram Nagori, Emma Barber)

    Introducing Global Chapter Forum; Navigating Covid Challenges in Responsible Management Education PRME Global Chapter Forum, October 2, 2020.

    Disaster and Cities: Participatory Approaches to Urban Reconstruction in Post-Earthquake Kutch (Gujarat, India) Panel: Rethinking Urban Inclusion: Spaces, Mobilisations, Interventions, June 28-31, 2012.

    Organizing disasters: Gujarat earthquake and the making of the “Multi-Hazard State”, British South Asian Scholars, SOAS, London, April 14, 2012.

    Translating Disasters: Organizations as Epistemic Middlemen, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, February 24, 2012.

    Organizing Disasters: On State and Disaster Response, Goldsmiths College London, University of London, January 14-16, 2012.

    On Alternative Futures: Epistemologies of the South. CES, University of Coimbra, Portugal, January 3 – 6, 2012.

    Pluriverse of Disasters: Knowledge, Mediation and Citizenship Workshop on Hot Spots for Science and Development, Amsterdam. December 12-14, 2011

    Re-framing Resilience: Workshop on Resilience Thinking and pathways to Sustainability; STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre, University of Sussex, Brighton, September 24 – 25, 2008.

    Voices of Survival: Notes from the Partition Violence, Katha- Xaviers Translation Center, Xaviers College, November 25 – 26, 2005.

    Memories, Voice, Time and Silence: Fragments from Partition, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, June 17, 2005.

    Reconstructing Lives: Partition Narratives from South Asia, Kathmandu, August 2004.

    From Green revolution to Gene revolution The Biotechnology Conference, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, 2004.

    Uprooting and Reconstructing Lives Partition Narratives, Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan, December 9 -12, 2003.

    Hysteria, Hyphen, Hybrid: The BT cotton maneuvers (With Shiv Visvanathan), The Biotechnology Conference, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK, October 3 – 6, 2003.

    Techno- Fundamentalism, Science, and Citizenship (With Shiv Visvanathan), IDS Sussex, December 12 – 13, 2002.

    On reading Democracy: Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan, December 1 -3, 2001.

    Ecology, Time and the comparative study of Environmental Values, International conference of Human Dimension of Global Change, Rio, October 4 – 7, 2001.

    On the Idea of the South Asian University, CSDS, Delhi, September 16 – 17, 2001.

    The Biotechnology Story: Debates from India (With Shiv Visvanathan), (report submitted to Biotechnology conference, IDS, Sussex, April 25 – 28, 2001.

    The question of Constitution Review in India, Cambridge, Harvard University, April 2 – 5, 2001.

    An agenda for a Comparative Study on Genocide, Liberation War Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 26 – 30, 2001.

    Comparative Environmental Values: India, US, China, Japan and China, Beijing University, July 2000

    Text and Context of Pluralism and Constitutionalism in India, University of Makerere, Kampala, Uganda, October 4 – 7, 1999.

    Protection of Minority Rights in India, Kathmandu, Nepal, April 13 – 18, 1999.

    Environmental Values in India: Country Report Presented at Carnegie Conference on Environmental Values, Lake Biwa, Japan 1998 (with Shiv Visvanathan)


    Parmar, C. (2022). Normal Indian Wives, Critical Muslim 41.2: Bodies, C. Hurst (Publishers) Limited, London. https://www.criticalmuslim.io/normal-indian-wives/

    Parmar, C. (2021). Swollen Feet, Critical Muslim 37.3: Virus, C. Hurst (Publishers) Limited, London. https://www.criticalmuslim.io/swollen-feet/

    Parmar, C. (2020). Fieldwork, Critical Muslim 36: Destination, C. Hurst (Publishers) Limited, London. https://www.criticalmuslim.io/fieldwork/


    Hybrid, Hyphen, History, Hysteria: The Making of the Bt Cotton Controversy (With Shiv Visvanathan), IDS Sussex working paper, 2003.

    Visvanathan, Shiv, and Chandrika Parmar. n.d. Environmental Values: India Report. New York: Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs.


    Business research methods (Qualitative)

    Management and Society


    Management and Liberal Arts


    Travel Grant 2011: Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

    James Martin Studentship (2007- 2011), Institute for Science Innovation and Society, Said Business School, University of Oxford

    Fellowship in South Asian Alternatives, (FISAA) Colombo, 2000

    Senior Research Fellowship-NET, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh University Grants Commission (1994-96)

    Junior Fellowship – NET, Panjab University, Chandigarh (1992-94)

    Gold Medallist (MA Political Science, Panjab University)

    Merit Scholar (BA Honors Political Science, Panjab University)


    Qualitative Research methods

    Sociology of Disasters

    Management and Society


    Science, Technology and Society

    Social theories of Risk Futures


    Academic Faculty

    Associate Professor, SPJIMR. (April 2, 2017 – Present)

    Associate Professor, FLAME University. (September 2015 – January 2017)

    Senior researcher, CES, University of Coimbra. (November 2011 – July 2013)

    Visiting Professor, CEPT, Ahmedabad. (January 2013 – May 2013)

    Academic Area Head, Media Management, MICA. (2005 – 2008)

    Associate Professor, MICA. (October 2004 – 2008)

    Associate Director, Programmes (CSDS) (1998 – 2004)

    Research Associate, National Election Study, CSDS. (1996 – 1998)

    Research Fellow, University Grants Commission, Panjab University. (1992 – 1996)


    Management/Executive Development, SPJIMR, 16 participants. (September 23, 2017 – September 24, 2017).


    Chair, PRME, India chapter 2019 onwards.

    PRME, Member, Chapter Governance Committee (June 2020 – January 2021)

    IFTSCAN, Member Maharashtra chapter of The International Training Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (ITC-FSAN), 2018 onwards.

    Member, International Advisory Board of Centre for Governance and Constitutionalism, Lagos, Nigeria, Lagos. (1998 – 2001)


    Editor, Journal Editor, Journal of Creative Communications. (2005 – 2008)


    Economic and Political Weekly

    Management and Labour Studies


    Moderator and panellist: Collaborating to build Responsible Management Ecosystem: Challenges and Opportunities. International panel discussion, Woxsen University, 26th March 2022

    Moderator and panellist: Building resilience in communities,24th December 2021 in POMS India, International conference, 22-24 December 2021

    Conference Chair: PRME India chapter meets in December 2021

    UN PRME Global Forum: Member planning committee January- June 2021

    Panelist: Success stories of medicinal plant cultivators: On social entrepreneurship, Webinar, September 25, 2020 (Part of Ayur yoga Expo 2020, Ministry of Ayush)

    Integrating SDG Blueprint (Eastern Hemisphere Session) UN Global Compact, Leaders’ Summit, June 17, 2021 (Virtual) Panel moderated by: Harsh Suri and Fara Azmat

    Conference Chair: PRME India chapter meets in December 2020

    Faculty Coordinator, SPJIMR & Tata Social Internship. (April 16, 2019)

    Co-ordinator, SPJIMR, Mumbai, Maharashtra. (December 14, 2018)

    Track Organizer, SPJIMR, Mumbai, Maharashtra. (December 14, 2018)

    Workshop Organiser, SPJIMR, Mumbai, Maharashtra. (December 14, 2018)

    Conference Chair: The 8th PRME Asia Forum, SPJIMR, Mumbai, Maharashtra. (December 13, 2018 – December 14, 2018).

    Track Organiser, SPJIMR, Mumbai, Maharashtra. (December 13, 2018)

    Workshop Organiser, SPJIMR, Mumbai, Maharashtra. (December 13, 2018)

    Co-ordinator, Tata Social Internship, and SPJIMR, Mumbai, Maharashtra. (August 24, 2018)


    Member, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). (2010 – Present)

    Committee Member, International Advisory Committee, Global Conference on Genocide Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dhaka. (2000 – 2002)

    1998—2001 Member, International Advisory Board of Centre for Governance and Constitutionalism, Lagos, Nigeria


    Epistemologies of the South, Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, 2011- 2014, (Principal Investigator-Boaventura Santos)

    Biotechnology: A comparative study of India, Zimbabwe, and China In collaboration with IDS Sussex, 2000-2003, (with Shiv Visvanathan)

    Reconstructing Lives: Memories of Partition in South Asia, Sponsored by Ford Foundation, New Delhi, 1999-2004, (Associate Director, with Ashis Nandy)

    (Co-Director with Ashis Nandy) Protection of Minority Rights in South Asia, in collaboration with International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1999- 2001

    (With Shiv Visvanathan) “Democracy, Ethnicity and Knowledge” sponsored by Ford Foundation, New York.1998-2002

    Project Coordinator, The Invisible Holocaust: A study of Partition Violence in South Asia 1946-48. Sponsored by HIVOS, 1997-2000

    Project Coordinator (India)“A Study of Environmental Values in Japan, India, US and China” sponsored by Carnegie Commission on Ethics & International Affairs, New York, 1997-

    (With Shiv Visvanathan) “Studies in the Criminal Justice System” sponsored by Bureau of Police Research and Development, Delhi, 1997-1999

    Research Associate “National Election Study 1996”. Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research Delhi, 1996

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